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I discovered, a week after taking delivery on a new Caliber, what appear to be oil spots on the bottom cushion of the front passenger seat and on the bottom cushion of the back seat. They can't be seen from the driver's position and so I took delivery. I've taken the car back to the dealer and they've tried to clean the spots but can only lighten them. The dealer is refusing to replace the seat cushions because they say my salesman and I should have inspected the car thoroughly. Well, I looked around the cabin from the drivers seat, but as I said, you can't see the spots from the drivers position. It's clear that these spots weren't from greasy pants sliding into the seats. These are round spots that can only form from drops of what appears to be light machine oil. As if the plastic covering was removed too early in assembly of the car. Light oil doesn't show up right away. Only after dirt sticks to it and buids up after a while. My question is this - Are there any others out there expericing round spots on their seat cushions? It will help my case if I can show that this is happening in some other cases.
 

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Sorry to hear about the stains. I have leather so I am no help but hopefully you can get this resolved. Maybe take it to the manager or owner of the dealership. They have more authority to get them replaced for you. You can also call Dodge directly and see if an area rep. can help.

Good Luck

Later

Mike
 

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I am embarassed to say that the stains were not the fault of Chrysler although I certainly thought so until late last night. Until last night I was going into the dealer with guns blazing convinced that it was light oil dripped on the seats during sloppy manufacturing. Last night, when I picked up the car, I had a talk with a sympathetic manager who said he would persue a solution today and that he would not rule out replacing the two seat cushions. When I got home my wife said she found the same kind of stain in the SAME POSITION on the passenger front seat of her Caliber and discovered that it was coming from our daughters purse! It turns out that she had some kind of liquid lip gloss spill in her cloth bag purse and it soaked the bottom of that cloth purse. That oily bottom sat to her left when she rode in various positions in my car and then in my wife's car. The stains are to the left of seating positions in the passenger front, the passenger rear and the driver's side rear of my car and the passenger front of my wife's car. So, our two new Calibers, one two months old and one two weeks old, are already soiled in most of the seats. The dealership, trying to make me happy, took my car to a cleaning specialist yesterday and they were helpless in making the oily spots go away. I'll be calling the dealership today to tell them of my discovery and to apologize.
 

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OUCH!!!! extremely sorry about the bad news, that really sucks, i would be furious, but i guess theres nothing you can do about it, again sorry about the bad luck.
 

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Ask the dealership for a new purse??!! ;)



Seriously- good move on your part, set the record straight and be honest about it. Good karma has its dividends.

S
 

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Hi great looking car.It looks like you have front mud and snow flaps.Where on earth did you find them?I also work at the Brampton Assembly plant.
 

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zoron rt said:
Hi great looking car.It looks like you have front mud and snow flaps.Where on earth did you find them?I also work at the Brampton Assembly plant.
Hey Zoran- they are cheap, Canadian Tire, flat, black, flaps. Wifey complained about splash up the side of the doors so she asked me to put something on, not to gaudy! We tried the molded ones, numbers 1, 2, and 3, but they did not fit the RT due to the lower molding, so we got these (see below).

Easy to install- figure out the height that you want, mount the TOP screw, then level the flap. Once level, use the existing screw heads (holding the lower molding) and push the flap against those so that it marks the flap, those are where you drill the holes!! (larger hole on the flap, 1/8 into the Cali for the self tapping screw) I painted the holes, and squirted silicone sealant into the holes to prevent rusties. For the other side, flip that flap over, and press against the one you just installed and it will mark where you need to drill. I screwed up the first one, it looked level at first. Duh. I used a rag between the tire and flap to hold the flap while I levelled it. Some pics here: http://members5.clubphoto.com/sean336792/4666204/owner-5f8d.phtml

For the back, I removed the tire to get the drill into the area. The rear area is plastic, I still used silicone to "lock tite" the screws.

So far, so good...






 

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boyblu said:
i love how you used your german sheppard for a holder in the photo :D
Hee hee... she is such a bitch (actually, she IS a female dog...)



And here is one of her modelling how to water the lawn .. :eek:

 

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Sorry to go off-topic.

Sean, check out this video of some working Malinois ( some have bad nerves )... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGobTh2PwIo

While I'm at it, here's a link to the police k-9 trainers we work with. They certify dogs ( mostly German Shepherds & Malinois ) for all types of work ( drug & bomb detection, etc. )... http://actionk9services.com/index.asp

Have a good long weekend. :)
 

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Re: (was Oil on seats, now about DOGS and MUD FLAPS)

Bulldogger said:
Sorry to go off-topic.

Sean, check out this video of some working Malinois ( some have bad nerves )... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGobTh2PwIo
Priceless... (yah, a bit of thread hijacking here, eh? )

Long weekends- gottaluvit!
 

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Please check Ebay they are selling a complete new car take off seat covers for $25.00 and $25.00 shipping. It has been there for a while. I believe this is the second time they posted it. This should take care of your stained seat for a resonable price.
 
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